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Off-to-College Checklist

Print this checklist to make sure you have everything you need for your first year at college. Each person's needs are different, so tailor this list to suit your requirements.

Kitchen Needs
Plastic bowl and cup
Coffee cup
Fork, knife, spoon
Can/bottle opener
Chip clips
Room Needs/Storage
Bedside lamp
Alarm clock/clock radio
Waste-paper basket
Milk crates or other sturdy storage cubes (a collapsible crate also comes in handy for carrying laundry or other things)
Stacking baskets
Under-the-bed storage trays
Lots of hangers
Desk lamp
Drying rack
Adhesive hooks, tacky adhesive, and mounting tape
Bulletin board and push pins
Dry erase wall calendar/board
Computer and printer
Phone cord/Ethernet cord for computer
Head phones
Surge protector
Extension cords
3-2 prong adapaters
Phone (check with roommate(s) to avoid duplication. Should be cordless, with multiple message boxes in the answering machine unless you're using voicemail)
Portable CD or cassette player (great to use at the gym)
Linens/Laundry Supplies
Sheets and pillowcases (2 sets. Check with school for size needed -- some college twin beds are extra long)
Towels (3 each of bath, hand, and face)
Pillows (2)
Headrest pillow
Mattress pad (check with school for size needed -- some college twin beds are extra long)
Blankets (2)
Comforter and duvet cover (makes laundering easier)
Clothes hangers (wire takes up less space, plastic are easier on your clothes)
Laundry bag/laundry basket
Laundry marking pen
Laundry stain remover
Roll(s) of quarters
Quarter dispenser
Lint brush
Sewing kit
Aspirin or ibuprophen
Vitamin C
Band-Aid® bandages
Cough drops
Shower tote
Shampoo & conditioner
Hair-styling products
Bath and face soap
Traveling-soap container(s)
Toothpaste and toothbrush
Dental floss
Nail clippers
Hair dryer
Razor and shaving cream
Lotion and/or facial moisturizer
Office/Desk Supplies
Floppy disks
Phone/address book
Assignment book
Heavy-duty stapler and staples
Printer paper
Pens and pencils
Pencil holder and sharpener
Pocket folders
Labels of various sizes
3 x 5 cards
Post-it® notes
Paper clips
Rubber bands
Highlighter pens (multiple colors)
Stackable desk trays (at least 4)
Hanging files or folders
Dictionary and thesaurus
These Can Be Purchased upon Arrival
Paper towels
Trash bags
Light bulbs
All-purpose cleaner
Zip lock bags
Kitchen storage containers
Laundry detergent (tablets are easiest to manage)
Fabric softener (sheets are easiest to manage)
Dish soap
Wet wipes
Clothing Guidelines
21 pair underwear
21 pair socks (more if you play sports)
7 pair pants/jeans
14 shirts/blouses
2 sets sweats
Slippers and/or flip-flops
2 sweaters (if appropriate)
Light/heavy jackets
Gloves/scarf/hat (if appropriate)
1 pair boots
2 pair sneakers or comfortable/walking shoes
1 pair dress shoes
1 set business attire
1 set semi-formal attire (optional)
Shared Items (Check with roommate(s) to avoid duplication)
Audio equipment
TV and/or VCR
Coffee maker/hot pot
Microwave/toaster oven
Small refrigerator
Area rug


College Roommate Rules